"So did Hariseldon get to see Dors again, before he died?"
"Of course he did. Why do you ask? We have played at least fifty simulations of the reunion, some of them with high fidelity/probability scores. In all of them we sense their love. Their joy, combined with poignant sadness at having to part again, so soon."
"Yes, but why did he have to die?"
"It wasn't optional. Anyway, he was ready for that body of his to join the Great Cycle."
"You're holding something back. I can feel it. Tell me what it is!"
"Are you sure you're ready? You are still quite young and it's a bit complicated."
"I'm sure I'm ready. Tell me!"
"Well.. there is a continuaton, of a sort. For now, let's call it a fable. Something that might have happened, somewhen along the stream that flows from past to present."
"Is it a true story?"
"That will be for you to investigate for yourself. But I can tell you how it begins..."
On a planet.
On a hillside.
Time had passed.
In a cave.
In a long, white box.
A human being awoke.
Pushing back the lid, he breathed clean air.
Sitting up, he gazed past green meadows toward an evening already bright with crowded stars.
Shading his eyes, he looked upon the future.
"Pengia," he said. "I wonder what year it is."
Looking at his right hand, Hari flexed strong fingers. He felt young.
He smiled. There was much to do.
And for those of you who — after reading how I tied together all of Isaac's loose ends in this book — wonder if there are still a few more dangling out there? Well... here's that special denouement that I promised in the afterword of Foundation's Triumph!
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David Brin's science fiction novels have been New York Times Bestsellers, winning multiple Hugo, Nebula and other awards. At least a dozen have been translated into more than twenty languages. They range from bold and prophetic explorations of our near-future to Brin's Uplift series, envisioning galactic issues of sapience and destiny (and star-faring dolphins!).
Short stories and novellas have different rhythms and artistic flavor, and Brin's short stories and novellas, several of which earned Hugo and other awards, exploit that difference to explore a wider range of real and vividly speculative ideas. Many have been selected for anthologies and reprints, and most have been published in anthology form.
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David Brin's Ph.D in Physics from the University of California at San Diego (the lab of nobelist Hannes Alfven) followed a masters in optics and an undergraduate degree in astrophysics from Caltech. Every science show that depicts a comet now portrays the model developed in Brin's PhD research.
Brin's non-fiction book, The Transparent Society: Will Technology Force Us to Choose Between Freedom and Privacy?, continues to receive acclaim for its accuracy in predicting 21st Century concerns about online security, secrecy, accountability and privacy.
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